Peter Knox-Shaw, a Research Associate of the University of Cape Town, is author of The Explorer in English Fiction and numerous critical essays. Recent articles on Jane Austen include "Sense and Sensibility, Godwin and the Empiricists" (Cambridge Quarterly, September 1998) and "Northanger Abbey and the Liberal Historians" (Essays in Criticism, October 1999).
The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. JASNA is a nonprofit organization, staffed by volunteers, whose mission is to foster among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius. We have over 5,000 members of all ages and from diverse walks of life. Although most live in the United States or Canada, we also have members in more than a dozen other countries.